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place in 2012, which i find deliciously ironic that the obama administration is spying on the united nations. here is what i think. any gathering of foreigners is a legitimate target for american espionage, unless we have agreement that precludes us from doing it. and any foreign government absent such an agreement that doesn't think we may be spying on them doesn't live in the real world. that's the way it is, doesn't
met that person. >> reporter: the obama administration is expected to to. >> why the rush to judgment? why not go to the u.n.? so what we have here is a military strike of incalculatible consequences. it took two years to verify who used weapons, that it was, indeed, the iraqis, and it contrasts very much with the rush to war today. as can be seen iraq was an ally, so chemical use was okay. but now they're seen as an enemy. so there is a rush to judgment. >> you yourself called it the i murderous assad regime. the obama administration is not pulling any punches in calling it an assad attack. what is are the political risks if the white house is wrong? >> there is a huge political risk. we've seen before when there were the iraqi weapons of mass destruction. that did not turn out so well, and the islamist invasion of iraq. so this has been long in the making. if the u.s. makes a strike without independent verification it will be widely perceived as illegitimate. it could send the region further into flames. it's a risky gamble. >> thank you for joining us. tom rice at the university of
that the obama administration does not want to tip the balance in the civil war. how do you do that by hurting assad without moving the balance to these rebel groups that you don't necessarily want to deal with to begin with. >> the rebels need a lot more weapons, but even if you are saying you are not doing that, taking out these targets will indeed help to effect the balance of the war. it depends on the duration of the campaign and the intensity. >> is there a moral obligation to get the united nations to weigh in before an attack? >> i think it depends on your view again. but my sense is they want want to go toe nato to get their imprint, and go to the arab league to get that imprint. >> secretary kerry has gotten the country to focus on this before the president weighs in. >> when i saw that briefing, what i noted was this was the building of the public case for international political support, international diplomatic, legal and moral support. you'll be hearing those themes undoubtedly in the next several days, and the president at some point will give a speech himself. those will be the
, governor. >> thank you for covering this one, this one is stupidity on steroids, obama administration. >> you know, i don't even get how this one can happen. it's like we give the government hell for a lot of things and you might disagree with things politically, from time to time with administrations, but the whole idea that this guy is, they know about him, they know about this guy and his job, while he is promoting some sort of race war and making gay slurs. we'll find out more as to whether he received a approval for this or not because evidently, thus far it looks like he did receive approval to have this side job of running the website, but it's pretty ironic there that we hear that other officials are saying, oh, appropriate action will be taken if we form a committee and decide whether this guy has violated any kind of hr rule ors not. well, it seems to be appropriate disciplinary action with these very narly hr administration actions. look at the scandals in the irs, and the doj, now dhs and the nsa. these are hr issues. it starts at the top when the big brother bosses beside
security. >> schools in chicago cope with budget cuts. >> the obama administration now says there is compelling evidence that syria has used chemical weapons against its own people. secretary of state john kerry calls last week's attack i in te damascus suburb as a moral obscenity. >> ii can't get the image of the man holding up his dead child with chaos swirling around him. >> what appears to be the game changer are those images that kerry referred to that so repulsed and moved on international television. the use of those chemical weapons outlawed years ago is a moral obscenity, and said the president will hold the assad regime accountable. what that means starting to look more and more like some sort of military response. a question of when and not if the u.s. will respond militarily. that opposite has really gained steam over the last 48 hours, tony. just this friday, last friday night i was standing here on the north lawn reading a tweet from susan rice, national security adviser, insisting the assad regime allow the u.n. inspectors in immediately. but then the obama ad
administration absolutely must react to. again, i don't think the obama administration is interested in leading the american people into a long-term war, nor does anyone in the obama administration really believe that airstrikes will somehow embolden or sustain the opposition, the rebel sources such that they could somehow march on damascus and throw assad out. so i think we are looking at something that's probably more limited and probably more punitive in nature. >> what about the divisions in the administration? the head of the joint chiefs, general martin dempsey has been very wary about getting involved in syria. today, he was in jordan, which is one place where american planes may stage, if there is any kind of american strikes, they may be flying from jordan. on the other hand, we have secretary of state, john kerry. we heard him earlier. chris talked about the words he was using for force. let's listen to more of what he had to say >> president obama has been in close touch with leaders of our key allies and the president will be making an informed decision about how to respond to this
fehr, but the white house says there is no doubt. the obama administration says it will release intelligence linking the assad regime to the attack. and clearing the way to a future. >>> california's 11-day old wildfire has charred more than 60 square miles inside yosemite national park. ♪ >>> and the obama administration seems determined to make military action against syria. the white house says there is no doubt that the president of syria authorized the use of chemical weapons against his own people nearly one week ago. the syrian government is challenging the obama administration to prove its accusations. >> we're all hearing the drums of war being beaten around us. if these countries are willing to launch an aggress against syria, i believe the pretext of chemical weapons is false, baseless and groundless. and i challenge them to produce any single piece evidence. >> the white house says it has that evidence. let's go to mike viqueira. mike, the white house is promising an intelligence assessment by the end of the week. >> that's absolutely right. you heard secretary ker
strategy on his part. >> sources inside of the obama administration are now leaking that the president is considering the use of force in the wake of the chemical attacks. do you think that that would make a difference and should the united states enter militarily in response to these attacks? >> the first thing to do is to make the united states position politically clear. the united states has lost a lot of credibility in the middle east recently. people hesitate to take it seriously as a major power. and it has proved to be a fickle friend. the president says something, then nothing happens. so on. you know you have to restore confidence first. you know before -- we can discuss the use of weapons. otherwise, you know, if you fire a few rockets as -- president clinton used to do in afghanistan, and then -- sit back, that would be quite useless. >> when you say establish, re-establish political credibility, what do you mean? do you mean -- side with the rebels, for example? look, we are going to enter more of -- more assertively on their behalf? >> first of all, no. to take -- clear p
for the obama administration to release intelligence backing its claims. we have fox team coverage tonight. fox news military analyst, jennifer griffin at the pentagon, what we know about possible tactics. we begin with chief white house correspondent ed henry on where things stand now. good evening, ed. >> reporter: good evening, bret. at this hour, the president is huddled in meetings whether to inch closer to military action, amid questions whether he will do something he railed against in 2008, acting unilaterally. as syrian officials -- biden joined the officials saying action is imminent. >> national security is strengthened. we will hold accountable those who violate international norms. >> reporter: two years ago this month president obama called for syrian president bashar al-assad to go. today, white house officials declared the objective of any possible military action would not be to drive the dictator from power. >> the options are not about regime change, they're about responding to a clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons. >> repor
very important questions, and in essence seek their approval. the obama administration has not indicated it plans to do anything more to tell congress what it believes it knows. >> joining us now to discuss challenges the u.s. faces is professor stephen zunis, professor of politics and coordinator of middle east studies at the university of chicago. professor zunis, thank you for joining us. i've read articles that you have written that you do not support action in syria, why? >> the chemical weapons endanger the population, and as the administration acknowledged they're not seeking regime change or to change the balance of power in that country's silver war, so it's going to be limited, and i don't see what it can do other than blow up a few installations, buildings, kill some people, and get the syrian population risen up against us. >> what about the symbolic power of a strike after the use of chemical weapons according to the obama administration. they're quite sure chemical weapons were used against innocent civilians. >> oh, i think there very likely were, indeed, che
lead" starts right now. >>> the next few hours are crucial if the obama administration really plans to strike syria. i'm john berman and this is "the lead." the world lead. after complaining they're getting left in the dark, some lawmakers will soon hear what the administration has on syria. can the skeptics be won over? we'll talk to a lawmaker in the president's own party who is dead set against intervention. and would a strike on the syrian regime put us on the same side as al qaeda? would it trigger retaliation against u.s. ally israel? the complications of getting involved in another middle east complex. and the sports lead. they were once gods of gridiron who say the nfl profited off the trauma to their brains. now the league is paying up but is it enough for the thousands of players who say they will never be the same again? i'm john berman filling in for jake tapper today. we begin with the world lead and breaking news. just what does the u.s. have on assad? was he personally behind a chemical attack? two hours from now senior officials in the obama administration will brief
, look, the obama administration could have been a lot more transparent about what's going on here. be straight with the american people, tell them that their e-mails may be captured in this sweep. i think that american people can handle that, what they can't handle is secrets held by the obama administration which they don't trust. >> ray kelly, the new york police commissioner. >> my heart is with jane amary heart is with dan. i distrust the nsa. if you go back and read a story in our newspaper in 2008, what we have learned is entirely consistent with that, if you describe the scope of the way this operation working normally. that and the snowden details have put more detail to it. in specific, the revelations about the court admonishing the nsa suggests there is a mechanism for dealing with error, at least, and potentially with abuse. >> and the administration released the court rulings, declassified them themselves, this is not a leak, so it got the information out there and it does show that there is a process by which mistakes overreaching is corrected. >> yeah, it was human
with the crisis in syria. we go to mike in washington. what can you tell us about the obama administration's reaction to the crisis? >> the rhetoric has toughened in the five days since the chemical attacks in the suburb of damascus, as is a flurry of activity here at the white house and on the telephone. president obama saturday attending a national security council meeting here in the white house that lasted three hours, it was the second one into three days since the five days since the chemical attack. he's been on the phone, has president obama. he's spoken with the u.k. prime minister david cameron, yesterday with the french leader. about 27 calls including to john kerry's russian counter part in the face of strong opposition from the russians to military action, the secretary of state even spoke with his syrian counter part over the weekend. the white house with a very tough statement yesterday, senior administration official said regardless whether syria decide to say let the inspectors on site, they say it is too late and there is very little doubt that the regime is responsible f
the obama's administration so call rebalance to asia policy. the region contains a number of security challenges, including south china sea mare rit time disputes. but the meeting agenda was overtaken by events in the middle east and talk of possible u.s. military action against syria. the obama administration has identified the asia pacific region as an area of increasing strategic importance for the united states. hagel attended the asean meeting on wednesday and he will also join a wider discussion on thursday when ministers from china, japan and other countries join their counterparts from asean. it will be the second meeting of the so-called asean defense ministers meeting plus. former u.s. defense secretary robert gates attended the first one three years ago when he stressed the u.s. pivot to asia policy but the global security picture changed dramatically in three years. a military coup has plunged egypt into formal turmoil and the war drags on with bash ar al assad suspected of using chemical weapons. analysts say the obama administration may have to repivot the focus back tow
thank you so much peer being with us, i am lori rothman in for lou dobbs. >> obama administration making its case for taking military action against syria, briefing lawmakers about their conclusion that syria government carried out a large scale chemical weapons attack, tonight we speak with fox news military analyst, general jack king on whether the president is justified in takes action. even without the backing of allies or the united nations. >> and questions remain about our involvement in libya. and the terrorist attack in benghazi, we'll talk with larry ward, a group of special operation veterans who are calling on house speaker john boehner to create a appreciate committee to -- special committee to investigate the attack. >> and administration refusing to enforce a law it does not like, now giving states green light to adopt regulation legalizing small amounts of marijuana, dobbs law takes up the case with our attorneys, ww begin with new obstacles blocking the formation of a coalition of the willing to strike syria. britain's defense secretary saying, that the u.k. will not tak
for the administration at this point in conjunction with our allies or through the u.n.? guest: we president obama friday morning in a kind of rare out some, and he laid or some of the challenges going forward on this . he did not lay out what might happen, but i think we are hearing in the white house, discussions talking about perhaps starting with cruise missiles that would be launched syrianfshore and hitting military installations. also that in talk earlier meetings in the white house that there was some talk vo model,he koso referring back to that in the 90s when president clinton misevic regime.kes against the maybe where the comparison is that is a step that was taken without you and -- without you and approval. there is not going to be u.n. approval for anything the u.s. and other western powers might do. russia would stand in the way. that is where kosovo might be a model. but i don't think in the sense went on for three months and it was really designed to turn milosevic away from the ethnic cleansing and things that were going on. but in this case, the first up would probably be cruise miss
you. >>> the idea the obama administration is in cahoots with the muslim brotherhood in egypt can be traced back to one sitting republican congressman. i'll tell you that story coming up. out progressive's "name your price" tool? i guess you can tell them how much you want to pay and it gives you a range of options to choose from. huh? i'm looking at it right now. oh, yeah? yeah. what's the... guest room situation? the "name your price" tool, making the world a little more progressive. >>> have you ever been a patient in a hospital, you know a few things. first you don't get much sleep. second when you get home you get a lot of bills. third, those bills will probably be huge. even if you have insurance. what you may not have known is exactly how much everything is costing you. prepare to be shocked. >>> if you have an occasion to watch this network, you should be familiar with texas republican congressman louie gohmert. in large part due to his propensity to say things like this. >> what we now have today is a holy quintet which goes against the laws of nature and nature's god. th
, because assad seems contemptuous of the obama administration and of the united states of america. he is using chemical weapons against his own people. it's a major wmd tact in the heart of the middle east, which is a key strategic area for the united states. the obama administration set this as a red line and he has now repeatedly violated this without any consequences. >> mark, the trouble with the president drawing a line in the sand, again, he called it a red line, is that he is forced to act when assad steps over it. but then when the president failed to act or he backed down, depending upon your point of view, did he lose credibility and respect and does that send a signal to others? hezbollah, russia, that america doesn't have the courage or conviction to act? >> greg, i think it sends a signals to those enemies and adversaries but also to our allies that the united states may not be serious about enforcing red lines or enforcing commitments. if you're benjamin netanyahu in israel right now you've heard the president say i don't bluff and i will stop iran from developing nuclea
on a premise that turned out to be wrong. i think the obama administration, the cameron government, and france, also, they're eagle for make sure the information is correct. that it was, indeed, the syrian regime that used the chemical weapons against their own people. i think that's an useful caution. go ahead. >> i was going to say you talk about the u.n. inspectors and waiting for the u.n. inspectors to report. but we're told all we'll know is whether or not chemical weapons were used, not who used them. >> i think even that information is useful to ascertain independently. we all have seen the pictures on the internet. we've all seen accusations that it was the government. it was the opposition. but ther there, there was chemil weapons used. if you look at at preponderance of the evidence the fact that they were used and controlled by the opposition which was under attack by the government, all of this points to an usage by the government. you can't know 100% unless you actually know 100%. but you do need to be able to make reasonable judges along the way. >> so what are the possible conse
up next. he will get on that breaking news out of the house of commons. >>> the obama administration lays out its case for taking the country to another middle east conflict. this is "special report." good evening. i'm chris wallace. top administration officials are briefing congressional leaders this evening on their case for launching an attack against syria. secretary of state kerry, defense secretary hagel, national security adviser susan rice and james clapper are all laying out evidence the assad regime was responsible for the chemical attack last week that killed hundreds of civilians. we have fox team coverage. james rosen of the state department reports on a surprise defeat in britain. we begin with what the administration is doing right now. >> reporter: we finally reached the pivotal moment where the obama administration is revealing its intelligence. to prove the syrian government is behind the attack. they are doing that as they make their case to congress even though they are not promising votes in congress. syrian president bashar al assad remained defiant denying his
? >> absolutely. the obama administration has been criticized for investigating the press and the press leaks. john adams asked congress for del law called the alien and sedition act and put 12 newspaper publishers in jail and one member of the house of representatives for criticizing the president, just criticizing the government. they were put in jail. none of the things that are happening in our democracy today is new. these things have been going on since the beginning of time and it's the price that we pay for living in a free society. everybody else is not going to agree with us. >> final question and a preview of the book what is the relationship between thomas jefferson and george washington like? >> very cold because jefferson was in those days called a jacoven and he believed that people should be freed and all the people should have a vote and should be free to vote as they wanted to. he thought the population was capable of delving into itself and washington did not. washington believed then only land owners being able to vote and he believed in law and order jefferson said the tr
by talking about the 2011 fisa court ruling that was recently released by the obama administration. in it the nsa said it was stepping out of the shadowing by having this part released because it wanted to show that it operates lawfuly and fixes mistakes when detected. i asked if he thinks that statement is true. >> no. i basically believe all the fisa court orders to do domestic spying are basically general warrants and they're in violation of the constitution that is the right to privacy, fourth amendment principally but also the first amendment in terms of -- by giving that data the what it does is tells them who is associated with who internally in the united states. that's violating the right of free association under the first amendment. >> so when you have, however, on the other hand, you have john bates the judge having this scathing rhetoric within those court documents. what does that do? does that kind of solidify or not solidify the idea of the fisa court being a rubber stamp court? >> well, what -- the fisa court coming out and saying they really have no way of verifyi
. eastern mexico. ♪ ♪ >> the obama administration says there is a sense of urgency facing the ongoing crisis in syria. the white house postpone aid meeting with russia scheduled for we understand it wants to weigh its response to a chemical weapons attack by syria. john kerry said there is little doubt the a sad regime is behind the attack. exactly what military options are the u.s. wearing? >> reporter: it was the strongest condemnation yet from the administration. >> what we saw in syria last week should shot the conscience of the world. it defies any code of morale at this. let me be clear, the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children, and innocent by standsers, by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. >> reporter: as horrific em are images of death and suffering continue to stream out of syria. president obama met with top advisors at the white house. and had calls with british prime minister david cameron and french leader to discuss options. now kerry says the syrian regime will pay a price. >> president obama believes that there must being accountabili
.n. convoy coming as the obama administration said there is very little doubt that chemical weapons were used by the syrian government in an attack on their own people last week near damascus. it was the single deadliest event in the civil war. the entire world is watching the events in syria as the u.n. prepares to investigate the attack site. u.s. and european leaders are already saying it may be too little, too late. it is worried the evidence will be corrupt. officials from around the globe are meeting in jordan to discuss the crisis. although that meeting was set before last week's attack, officials say that syria is at the top of the their agenda. the very late evident, we return to david jackson, joining us from beirut. the u.s. is saying it is too little, too late. what are they saying in syria? >> well, that has been the outlook all around, no question about it. it's all about too late, too late. every nation that is gathered in jordan for the meeting of military leaders and what we've heard diplomatically is that if the syrians had nothing to hide from any of the chemical weapon att
could a response take? we take a look. >> reporter: the obama administration said it will respond to this. the use of chemical weapons in syria. but the goal they insist is not to get rid of syrian president bashir al-assad, but to accepted him a message. >> it is not our policy to responds to this tran with regie change. >> reporter: it would involved cruise missiles towards infrastructure not chemical stock piles. >> in terms of shifting momentum on the ground, it's not likely. i think that target strikes are really more powerful in terms of the signaling that they achieve. and sending a very strong message that the use of chemicals weapons will not be tolerated. >> reporter: many believe the president left himself little choice but to respond. this was one years ago. >> a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons being moved around or being utilized. >> reporter: president obama has been hesitant to get involved in syria. the majority of american people don't want it, and the administration is afraid of who could come to power in assad falls? >> then
be on the brink of getting involved in another conflict in the middle east. the obama administration says there's little doubt syrian president bashar assad used chemical weapons against his own people. as cbs reporter tara mergener tells us, president obama is now weighing the options, which could include a military strike. >> reporter: shortly after leaving their damascus hotel, united nations inspectors came under sniper fire. no one was injured and the international team of investigators continued to the site of the suspected chemical attack in the suburbs of the syrian capital. activists say hundreds of civilians were killed five days ago and video shows victims suffering symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic gas. speaking from south korea, senator john mccain said the u.s. can no longer sit on the sidelines. >> if the united states stands by and doesn't take very serious action not just launch some cruise missiles, then again, our credibility in the world is diminished even more if there's any left. >> reporter: a senior obama administration official says there is little doubt syrian
department official telling fox news not a matter of but when the obama administration leaving no doubt that american armed forces can easily hit targets inside syria. military officials telling fox that planned operations may include the use of cruise missiles or possibly even stealth bombers. over the next couple of hours we'll have extensive coverage and analysis about thetial american intervention in this crisis and moments from now, we'll go live to the middle east for a report. but first, right now, brand new stories and arizona inmate taking the witness stand in the trial of a fellow prisoner. >> accuse of brutal murder of a oklahoma couple. how credible is a prisoner as a witness? should prosecutors depend on inmates to prove their case? >>> plus the ongoing protests in wisconsin's capitol turning violent when police tackle and restrain a demonstrator. the question is, did they go too far? >>> reality star kate gosselin reportedly suing her ex-husband what he did to get dirt on her for a tell-all book. it is all "happening now." you're intrigued i see. >> sounds juicy to me. art
. the government denies the claims but the obama administration is asking the u.n. to urgently investigate. >> more chaos in egypt. ousted former president mubarak is expected to be freed from prison at any moment. last month's military coup has some wondering if they are headed back to mubarak's old regime. we go to washington, dc, for the latest. >> the death toll in egypt is staggering a thousand people killed in a week. enjoy, fear of more tension after two years in jail waiting for a retrial, mubarak could walk out of detail. the prime minister ordered him to be placed under house arrest. >> this is horrible. it will cancel everything we have been through, all the killing, all the blood shed, devastating. >> this is seen as a blow to the 2010 revolution and could give more weight to allegations that last in's removal of the democratically elected president by the military was a step toward running to the old regime. the state department calls it an internal issue. >> working its way through the legal system there. >> senator john mccain made the case for cutting off more than $1 billion in aid
in the syrian crisis. member ofut unnamed the obama administration says the u.s. believes there is very little doubt that the regime used chemical weapons against civilians last week. the u.s. defense secretary says america's military is ready to take action if the president orders. meanwhile, the syrian government said it would allow u.n. inspectors to access the site of the alleged attack. >> the announcement came as the foreign minister met with the un disarmament chief. the regime said it would allow chemicals inspectors to investigate the suspected gas attack. at the same time, the syrian government warned the u.s. against military intervention, saying it would create a ball of fire that would engulf the region. but washington is not ruling out out. chuckisit to malaysia, hagel says the u.s. is ready for all eventualities. >> the president has asked the defense department to prepare options for all contingencies. we have done that. to again, we are prepared exercise whatever options if he decides to employ one of those options. >> western leaders are increasingly convinced chemical weapon
be a mistake and involve the region. military action is being considered by the obama administration with encouragement by some members of the u.s. congress. >> you can destroy the runways, you could destroy his munitions, and you could destroy his fuel. there are lots of things we could do. we could even destroy the syrian airforce. >> there cannot be a unilateral approach, it has to have support internationally, not just militarily. but un latly. >> to that end, u.s. officials will meet with european officials in jordan on monday. it was scheduled before the attack, but that event and how to respond to to and avoid another will be at the top of the agenda. >> you knew secretary general said those chemical weapons inspectors will start their investigation in just a few hours. he threatened that the teams must be allowed to do a full, thorough investigation, and said, "the world is watching syria. >> and every hour counts. we cannot afford any more delays. we have all seen the horrifying images on our television screens and through social media. clearly, this was a major and terrible
are an insult to common sense. it is nonsense. the obama administration said it wants proof chemical weapons used and proof who used them. >> you can destroy the runways, you can destroy assad's munitions and fuel. there are lots and lots of things we can do. we can even destroy the syrian air force. >> there ca can't be an unilatel america support. you have to have shared responsibility. >> whatever you do militarily has some political purpose and moves us towards a resolution of the situation. so there is no point in firing a weapon, dropping a bomb to drop a bomb. >> reporter: the syrian government and the rebels have promised a cease-fire in the area of the alleged attack to u.n. inspectors can gather evidence. activists are blaming pro niner gunmen for the attack on the u.n. vehicle: the u.n. team has now managed to get in the area. this area filmed by an activist shows them gathering evidence and speaking to witnesses, whatever they find the calls for intervention from western governments and their allies is getting louder. al jazeera. >> secretary of state john kerry is said to addre
? >> george: yes. >> wendy: thanks for that story. coming up, egyptians in america call on the obama administration to take action. why they want the u.s. to drop its support for the muslim brotherhood. >> george: and welcome back to christian world news. the crisis in egypt is far from over. the military has arrested most of the top leaders of the muslim brotherhood. meanwhile christians are still laying low after radical islamists attacked their homes, businesses, and churches. gary lane has had story. [yelling] >> reporter: scenes like his of churches burning across egypt should have manufacturer happened. am moisturamnesty said in a statement, in the current political standoff, both the egyptian authorities and the leadership of the muslim brotherhood have shamefully failed to prevent and stop actors on coptic christians. at least 60 churches were attacked, along with christian schools, homes, and businesses. the army escalated their crackdown on the muslim brotherhood, by arresting mohamed badie for e ensitement for murder. >> the brotherhood operates as a coalition on all level
? and is president obama about to launch a military attack? we heard some tough talk from the administration today. here's what vice president biden had to say. >> chemical weapons have been used. everyone acknowledges their use. no one doubts that innocent men, women and children have been the victims of chemical weapons attacks. in syria. the president believes and i believe that those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women and children should, and must, be held accountability. >> the of -- accountable. >> the vice president making it very clear the administration's intentions. pathy culhane describes why the president has been hesitant to get involved. >> the president will respond to this the use of chemical weapons in syria. but the goal is not to get rid of syrian president bashar al-assad but to send him a message. >> regime change. >> they say no decision has been made but they say most likely it will involve cruise missiles not chemical weapons stock piles. a limited strike is unlikely to change the direction or the mowments in syria. >> in terms of shifting momentum on t
as the arab league have declined to back military strikes. but for members of the obama administration, there's no doubt the so-called red line has been crossed. >> the options that we are considering are not about regime change, they are about responding to a clear violation of an international standard that pro hibltsds the use of chemical weapons. >> there is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in syria. the syrian regime. >> the united states department of defense is ready to carry out those options. if that would occur, that would occur also in coordination with our international partner. >> but if you were to come, you are ready to go like we will actually speak to senator mccain about the crisis in syria a little bit later on "morning joe." >>> here in the states a syrian hacker group is taking credit for the shutdown of "the new york times" website yesterday. it is the second time this month the times site has gone down. for several hours the syrian army warned them of the malicious external attack and advised staffers to be careful about e-mailing sen
. the obama administration identified the asia pacific region as an area of importance for the united states. hagel attended the asean defense minster's meeting on wednesday. he will join a wider discussion on thursday when minsters from china, japan and other countries join their counterparts from asean. it would be the second meeting of the asean defense minster's meeting. robert gates attended the first years ago when he stressed the trip to asia policy. the global security changed dramatically. a de facto military coup plunged to egypt. the civil war in syria drags on. he was suspected of using chemical weapons. analysts say the obama administration may have to put the focus back towards the mideast. southeast asia is watching closely how they respond to the challenges. they have disputes with china over the south china sea and view the strikers on asia as critically important to counter balance china's expanding power. a united nations team looking into human rights violations on north korea is visiting japan. they are meeting withhe t faamlies of japanese nationals abducted by the nort
at the coast and 86 inland and in the evening, 62 and cool at the coast at 76 inland. >> the obama administration says that syria has to be punished for using chemical weapons against its people and the meetings today in washington, dc, that could set a timetable for a military strike. >> this is, on the left, the new eastern span of the bay bridge and on the right in the dark the old span as the work begins to connect the new and old. >> are you feeling nostalgic for the old bay bridge? an oakland business has a way to keep >> covering san rafael, south bay, pleasanton, and all the bay area, this is abc7 news. >> good morning, everyone, drivers who usually go east and west across the bay will see this. this is highway 101 southbound if marin county this is the route i took this morning, a beautiful trip with the fog near the waldo tunnel. >> we want to take you elsewhere on the bay bridge closure, the first day, and dick has been driving around using cell technology to she us the conditions the this is the san mateo bridge eastbound. dick, you have passed the toll area and it look
. the other problem facing the obama administration, yes, they are going to leave. but what we are hearing is their scientific work is going to take days possibly weeks. so what we are clear of that team for some time. >> ambassador, welcome back. we are talking about the inspectors now. seems like there is tremendous pressure on them. >> yes, there is. the time that it can take. they will leave tomorrow. they will leave on saturday. in their time zone. they leave on saturday. now the earliest i would expect that would complete the examination. the small quantity of the materials they have been able to collect. now, that seems well outside the timeframe of the administration seemed to be employing for a possible strike on syria. and then, what will the question arises what will their analysis show? their ability to collect samples of soil, blood, urine. has been quite restricted. they wanted to exhume some bodies. they were denied that. so i'm not sure how comprehensive the results will be. and what the quality of the analysis that would take four or five days would then be. and by the way
think the original plan of the obama administration is perhaps as little unraveling. >> that is another problem for the white house, if they want to wait for that report. the u.n. inspectors have finished their work. they will then be leaving syria by saturday. i heard from senior u.n. source, that they don't have any mobile with syria. what i have been told, is that once they get out of syria, all the samples and i have told them they have been successful, they have taken statutes from the bodies that have died ae all hao laboratories in europe, where they will be tested. and i have been told that testing will take not days possibly weeks. >> al jazeera's diplomatic editor at the united nations. james, thank you, and while the u. n. inspectors the white house is facing questions. about how to justify military strikes on syria. al jazeera has been talking with national security experts and joins us live now from washington. and never be, has the united states attacked another country for using chemical weapons time?t its own people, why is >> well, that's right. what experts are saying
licence to do. but the obama administration is already gearing up for battle. >> the obama administration today challenged voting laws it says discriminate on the basis of race. attorney general eric holder made the announcement in philadelphia pledging to focus first on texas within texas first, okay. apparently eric hold certificate apparent-- approaching voter rights protection like we his first day in prison. look, i'm going find the biggest-- there and beat the [bleep] out of him. i'm sending a message here. the other states will fall in line. (applause) but look, look, i've got to say what has texas done to deserve that? >> literally two hours after the court's ruling, texas official said they would begin enforcing a new voter requirement even though a federal court struck down the law because it quote imposes strict unforgiving burdens on the poor and racial minorities in texas. >> come on, texas. what were you doing for two whole hours? did it take you that long to make the call because your hand was shaking too much from the excitement of being able to disenfranchise voters? and
.n inspe damascus where the weapons were deployed. the obama administration says the damage has been done. a senior administration official says the regime's delay says they are intentionally delaying the inspection to hide the evidence of chemical weapons and not only is it too late to be credible, but much of the evidence has been corrupted which brings the question, what will, if any action, will the president make. the president is waiting to make an informed decision on how to respond. some law i can makers say the time is now. >> we can even destroy the syrian air force if we wanted to. i sent a let torte chairman of the joint chiefs of staff to ask what kind of options can we do. i just think we have to move and we have to move quickly. >> according to a senior u.s. defense official four destroyers have been positioned in the eastern immediate mediterranean. there is no decision about what these ships will do. >> president obama has asked the defense department to prepare options for all contingencies. we have done that. again, we are prepared to exercise whatever option if he deci
a number of options to deal with syria. patty has more. >> reporter: the obama administration says it will respond to this, but the goal, they insist is not to get rid of the syrian president but to send him a message. >> it is not our policy to respond to this transgression with a regime change. >> reporter: they say no decision has been made, but it seems likely the response would at most involve cruise missiles attacking infrastructure. experts say a limited strike is unlikely to change the direction or momentum in the war in syria. >> i think that targeted strikes are really more powerful in terms of the signalling that they -- that they achieve, and that -- sending a very strong message that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. >> reporter: many believe the president left little choice but to respond. >> a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. >> reporter: the majority of the american people don't want to get involved in syria, and robert hunter says the administration is afraid of who could come to
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